Monday, March 5, 2012

The Buffalo Guys: Bratwurst & Ricotta Ravioli

Have you ever had Buffalo? Before trying these sausages from The Buffalo Guys, we hadn't either! When Virtual Potluck was contacted by The Buffalo Guys, we were thrilled to say the least. Read below for more information and the recipe I developed, but remember to head over to our host site, Diabetic Foodie, for aa round-up of all the recipes!

Two of the things I loved the most about these sausages were:
  1. They contain no fillers, MSG, nitrites or nitrates
  2. Buffalo are range-raised without antibiotics or growth hormones
The buffalo are raised to roam freely in farms and ranches in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana. Here are some of The Buffalo Guys beliefs:
  • We believe that animals should be treated with dignity.
  • We believe the environment can be renewed through wise use.
  • We believe that what we produce for others to eat should be equal in quality to what we, ourselves, choose to eat at home.
  • We support the growth of "Organic and Sustainable" agricultural practices and feel that the American Buffalo fits this well.
  • We believe that our employees and member ranchers should be fairly compensated for their efforts and in so doing be empowered to enjoy a full and fruitful life.
 All of this made me want to create a recipe that showcased the sausage in a canvas that would bring out the natural flavor. Using a neutral cheese like ricotta (you could also use cottage cheese), and just adding the sweetness of cooked onions, this pasta filling will make any dish shine.

The Buffalo sausage used in this filling is Bratwurst, considered by most as the German soul food! Spiced with pepper, nutmeg, mace, and coriander, this sausage is flavorful and lean. It's also gluten-free, uncured, and skinless. Check out the recipe below for some Italian-inspired German soul food! We served these Bratwurst ravioli with a celery sauce and sprinkled with paprika, hearty and delicious!

Buffalo Sausage & Ricotta Filling
Makes 1 cup

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Bratwurst Buffalo sausages, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 cup ricotta
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Add chopped onions, cooking until onions are translucent. Add chopped sausage and cook for 5 minutes, making sure to not overcook. 
  2. Remove from pan and reserve. 
  3. In a blender or using an immersion blender, puree ricotta cheese, onions, and cooked sausage. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Use to fill pasta. Read the link below on how to make pasta!
Pasta Note: We made Domenica Marchetti's Fresh Egg Pasta recipe, which you can find here on Leite's Culinaria

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Disclaimer: Buffalo Sausages were provided free of charge to review and develop this recipe with. Opinions, as always, are based on personal testing and tasting!

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